opcw: Pakistan re-elected to executive council of OPCW, chemical weapons watchdog

Pakistan has been re-elected to the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for the period 2022-2024, the country’s foreign ministry said on Saturday.

The elections took place during the 26th session of the Conference of States Parties which recently concluded in The Hague from November 29 to December 2, he said. “Pakistan’s re-election to the OPCW’s 41-member Executive Council is a testament to Pakistan’s positive role in the OPCW,” FO said.

The Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling of Chemical Weapons and Their Destruction (CAC) – with 193 States Parties – is the most successful disarmament treaty, eliminating an entire category of weapons of mass destruction.

The Executive Council is the main governing body of The Hague-based OPCW, which is responsible for overseeing the effective implementation of and compliance with the Convention.

It also supports the scientific and economic development of its member states in the peaceful uses of chemistry. Pakistan is an active member of the OPCW and has served on the Executive Council since its ratification of the CAC in 1997.

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